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Factsheet for measure FR-2020-12/743 – measures in France

Derogation from the rules on driving time in road haulage

Dérogation aux règles en matière de temps de conduite dans le transport routier de marchandises

Country France , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 20 March 2020 – 20 April 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Change of work arrangements (working time, rota schemes)
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Measure added 21 April 2020 (updated 20 May 2020)

Background information

In order to avoid the risk of shortages and to improve the fluidity of all road haulage operations, disturbed in particular by the re-establishment of border controls in certain countries, a decree of 20 March 2020 allows the sector to temporarily derogate from the rules on driving time. The derogations were allowed for a 30-days period. According to the decree, the COVID-19 crisis is 'an exceptional situation making it impossible to supply the territory in strict compliance with European regulations on driving and rest periods for road drivers'.

Content of measure

The maximum durations for national and international road haulage operations, as provided for in Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No. 605/2006 of 15 March 2006, are increased by 30 days. The daily driving time is thus limited to 10 hours per day or 11 hours per day twice a week, instead of the nine hours which may be increased to 10 hours twice a week. And the weekly driving time is temporarily limited to 60 hours per week and 102 hours over two consecutive weeks, as opposed to 56 hours and 90 hours over two consecutive weeks under normal circumstances. These provisions are applicable from 21 March 2020 by virtue of a decree dated the same day.

Use of measure

No data yet available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions

The employers' organisation must have been informed by the Ministry of Transport. There was no known involvement of trade union organisation in the decision.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      H - Transportation And Storage H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Drivers and mobile plant operators


  • 20 March 2020: Décret no 2020-280 du 20 mars 2020 relatif à l’entrée en vigueur immédiate de quatre arrêtés (
  • 20 March 2020: Arrêté du 20 mars 2020 portant dérogation temporaire aux règles en matière de temps de conduite pour le transport routier de marchandises (


Eurofound (2020), Derogation from the rules on driving time in road haulage, measure FR-2020-12/743 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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